Tuesday, December 10, 2013

IBM tried to patent its employment offshoring methods

While a lot has been written about abusive patents as basically frivolous, author Hedrick Smith reports a particularly cynical patent application on p. 286 of his 2012 book “Who Stole the American Dream?”, which I will review soon.

The patent application in question came from IBM in 2006, a “Method for identifying Human-Resource Work Content to Outsource Offshore”.  IBM would follow with another application in 2007, “Workforce Sourcing Optimizer”. 

But the USPTO made the applications public in March 2009, creating a public relations “nightmare” for IBM, which withdrew the application.  Does IBM enter a hall of shame for this one?   

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